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‘I will not let my brother suffer from the cold winter’: Gaza youth work to aid families left homeless by Israeli assault

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Under the supervision of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR), 30 families whose houses had been totally destroyed during the last Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, have been offered flats to live in as a temporary solution. The campaign, held by PICYR, carries the tagline, “I will not let my brother suffer from the cold winter.”

 Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

This campaign initially targets 30 families, totaling 250 people, who will live in rented flats for two months, until their problem is permanently solved.  The rent for each flat is $250 per month.

The PICYR’s young volunteers are working very hard, practically burning the candle at both ends, in order to save the war-afflicted families whose situation has worsened in the severely cold weather that hit the area three weeks ago.

 Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

“Our new three-story house was destroyed during the summer’s Israeli assault. Therefore, a nylon-made hut for my 16-member family was our only alternative,” a displaced man bitterly said. “The ceiling has a rain leak and we cannot stand the cold weather here,” he continued.

In light of this humanitarian crisis, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR) calls upon all friends of the Palestinian people, and the legal and international institutions, to carry out their responsibilities towards such families.

In addition to having no house to live in, those families also suffer from the suffocating Israeli siege, which hinders Gaza construction, and from unemployment that prevents them from providing their families with basic needs.

 Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR)

 

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Alaa Radwan

Alaa Radwan, 22, is an English-literature graduate from Gaza and volunteers for the Palestinian Independent Commission for Youth Rights (PICYR). Follow her on Twitter @AlaaRadwan7

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  1. amigo on December 16, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Israel is like the “Hit and run” driver.

    Leaves his/her victim to die.Then quickly washes the blood from the car and gets a new paint job, (applies hasbara). When caught , blames the victim who apparently ran into the traffic and left him / her no way to avoid avoid the “accident”.

    • aradwan92 on December 16, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Dear Amigo,

      I like your metaphoric description of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

      This is only a side of the bitter reality. I did not mention the ongoing electricity cut, lack of fuel, closure of all crossings, etc. Travelling abroad is like a dream to me.

    • Kay24 on December 16, 2014, 8:12 pm

      A very good description Amigo. It is always the victim’s fault for sure. You forgot to mention that the driver has got for too many citations to drive, yet keeps going in the vehicle made and supplied by the US. In fact the US also supplies the gas, and protects/defends the driver in courts too.

  2. just on December 17, 2014, 8:11 am

    Bless the humanitarians of PICYR. Thank you, Alaa.

    So many countries pledged millions and have done nothing at all. You put them/us all to shame.

  3. Boomer on December 17, 2014, 8:31 am

    Greenwald writes about how American torturers–but not their victims–are given a platform (and a respectful hearing) on American TV. For the most part, the same is true regarding Palestinians. During the recent attack on Gaza we briefly got a glimpse of reality, but that was an exception.

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/16/u-s-tv-media-gives-ample-platform-american-torturers-victims/

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